step back


step back
intransitive verb
1. : to yield ground by moving to the rear

ordered the spectators to step back

2. : recede

end chimneys which step back unattached above the second story — American Guide Series: North Carolina

: to construct (as a building) in an ascending series of steps or stages of diminishing width : build so that successive stories or groups of stories recede farther and farther from the front, side, or back

an octagonal tower … rising sheer to 13 stories and then stepped back three times to a height of 327 feet — American Guide Series: New York

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ˌstep ˈback [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they step back he/she/it steps back present participle stepping back past tense stepped back past participle stepped back] phrasal verb
to stop for a moment in order to consider something

Let’s step back and have another look at this.

Thesaurus: to think carefully or a lot about thingssynonym
Main entry: step

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mentally withdraw from a situation in order to consider it objectively

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step back [phrasal verb]
: to stop doing something or being actively involved in something for a time so that you can think about it and make decisions in a calm and reasonable way

You need to step back and give yourself some time to work through this.

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Main Entry:step

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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